Members of the Texas Wildlife Association have long appreciated the semi-technical articles published in their rag. Here is a revealing story in the November issue by Matt Williams about the surge in huge deer starting to come out of EasTex. In the last 3 years, East Texas has produced state record bucks in three categories: archery, youth division (first AND second!), and the largest non-typical taken in the modern era....and all were free-range, low fence deer.....and during the drought of the century! The story discusses multiple reasons why this has occurred including changes in land use practices, evolution of hunter expectations and behavior, and antler restrictions.
It is well written and worth 10 minutes of your time, especially if you are a native East Texan of a certain age and can remember when just seeing a deer was newsworthy. No doubt, these are the good old days of EasTex deer hunting. Who woulda thunk it?http://www.texas-wildlife.org/images/uploads/Texas_Wildlife_Nov_2014_Story.pdf